I first must admit I am not able to take a liking to drop bars... at least not for commuting or even pleasure riding. Just can't get used to the position. I've been riding my Jamis flatbar for almost 2 years now and really like it. Its a road frame, road wheels and road gearing.
Before long I want to purchase a second commuter so that I am not dependant on just one. I am looking at MTB's as they would give me some options for off-road and winter use.
I also have been reading about the 29 rage and this has caught my eye. I am on the short side (5'2") and in so doing the math a 29er wheel is half my heighth. One shop tells me I am crazy for considering a 29er; another tells me to give it an honest try.
So I guess this post poses two questions:
1) Would a 29er be practical for seasonal commuting?
2) Would my hieghth pose a problem?